BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11THTH NOV,2021-Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has disbanded Football Kenya Federation and appointed a caretaker committee to run football in Kenya for the next six months.
The CS, who had on Thursday morning received the audit report on FKF had directed the Registrar of Sports Rose Wasike to undertake an inspection of Football Kenya Federation pursuant to Section 52 (1) of the Sports Act (2013) following an extended deterioration of the state of football management in Kenya.
The committee chaired by retired judge Aaron Ringera has among others former international Kenyan footballer and rugby player Dr JJ Masiga,FKF Premier league side Kenya Police FC head coach Bobby Ogola and Harambee Starlets international Neddy Atieno.
“Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry. First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government.
“All beneficiaries of the Fund are as a matter of course trained on how to apply, utilize and account for the funds. The beneficiaries are also aware that they are required to fully disclose any financial assistance received from other sponsors. Football Kenya Federation has fallen short of this requirement” part of the Ministry statement read.
Others in the 15-member committee include retired General Moses Oyugi, Fatma Adan, Philip Musyimi, Anthony Isayi, Elisha Kiplangat, Hassan Mahmoud Hajji, Fredrick Lekesike, Ali Amour, former FKF vice president Titus Kasuve and former Kenya Rugby Union bosses Mwangi Muthee and Richard Omwela.
The Secretariat will be headed by Linda Ogutu, Michael Muchemi and Loreen Shitubi as joint secretaries while FKF presidential aspirant Herbert Mwachiro, Caser Handa, Hiba Hussein, Gabriel Warigi, former rugby player Edward Rombo, Dr Walter Ongeti from the Ministry, former KCB and Thika United coach Rishadi Shedu and former FKF Eastern NEC Member Rachel Kamweru are members.
“The Registrar has forwarded the report
to my office and recommended that DCI, NIS and EACC carry out further investigation to establish the extent to which the misappropriation of funds in FKF may have occurred with a view of prosecuting those who may be found culpable .The current officials of FKF be removed from office to pave way for further investigations pending conclusion” the statement added.
The development comes in the wake of preparations by the national team Harambee Stars to face neighbours Uganda and Rwanda in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with the global showpiece set tp be held in Qatar in 2022.